Monday, January 30, 2012

go hotel palawan. now open!

The Palawan as backwater remains only in distant memories. The forested long tropical island shaped like a closed umbrella has embraced tourism head-on in recent years. Despite the boom, nature conservation has never taken a backseat--the reason why I love Palawan!

Palawan, aptly called the Philippines' last frontier, has so much to offer. I barely scratched the surface actually. Sea to summit. Karst. Secret lagoons. Mountains reaching for the sky. Crocodile. Even giraffe and zebra. No kidding on the last three.

I got a mail from just in time for the summer. It reads: starting February 2012, Go Hotel Palawan will already be accepting walk-in guests. The timing is perfect!

Summer is just around the corner and Puerto Princesa Underground River has been officially declared as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World (Nature Category) . With all the media mileage the underground river is getting (not to mention how blogs and every guidebooks known to travelers rave about the beauty of Palawan) domestic and international tourists will arrive in droves in a few months. Flights to Palawan (Puerto Princesa and Busuanga) from Manila and Cebu have been increased as well.

Under normal circumstances, domestic flights out of Cebu (except Cebu-Manila) is serviced by 72-seater ATR planes. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that my flight from Cebu to Puerto Princesa and back was on a 180-seater Airbus A320-200 plane! And by golly, it appeared overbooked on both trips!

Going back to gohotel, it's a welcome news that they are finally opening the Puerto Princesa property. Though I have a love-hate relationship with this hotel, I am a big fan of its no frills accommodation and pricing scheme. I've been highly recommending the hotel to my Korean students for its clean rooms, accessible location and safe environment. Every time I go to Manila for work or transit, I always stay at their Cybergate Property.

Construction of the hotel (including Robinson's Place Palawan) was in full swing when I was in Palawan late last year. Here's the rendering done by the architect:

See you on the road!

important information: Malaria infection is not uncommon in the dense jungle carpeting the island though, so travelers are advised to take necessary medications.

So, there. Have a safe trip to Palawan! 


  1. WOW! Thanks for sharing. :) will check this out when ,y plan to visit PPUR pushes through early this year. :) thanks RV. :)

  2. I hope the rates are not too high. I'm planning to return to PPS by July and I'll be all alone.

    1. the earlier you book the better. hihihi. may promo galore din naman from time to time :D

  3. I would definitely come to Palawan soon. it is a great destination and I know I will be seeing much more than what others have said.

    This is a great post and thanks for the caveat about malaria.

    1. thanks doki Wendell. you will definitely love Palawan!
      though there's no vaccine for malaria yet, what the doctor will just Rx is a tablet to be taken before and after the trip. have a safe journey~

  4. Palawan has so much to offer! I love this place! Thanks for the post! Have a safe trip to all!

  5. You are officially my travel icon! I am so excited to have found your blog! :)

  6. How far is Go Hotel to the Puerto Princesa Airport?

  7. If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.


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